What About The Rapists?
"PIC abolitionists don’t demand police and prison abolition in spite of 'the rapists.' We demand abolition because the current system produces and reinforces sexual violence while using survivors to justify its existence.
Fear of 'the rapists' is weaponized as a justification for maintaining and reinforcing a system that creates significant violence for many people while focusing very little time on addressing sexual violence for those who are harmed. When something can't be fixed, the question is what can we build instead?"
– Mariame Kaba and Eva Nagao
"The people come to understand that wealth is not the fruit of labour but the result of organised, protected robbery. Rich people are no longer respectable people; they are nothing more than flesh eating animals, jackals and vultures which wallow in the people's blood."
— Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
"Every insurrection, be it individual, be it vanquished in advance, is always worthy of the ardent sympathy of revolutionaries, and the more audacious it is, the more worthy it is as well."
— Joseph Déjacque, French anarchist-communist poet, philosopher and writer who coined the term 'libertarian'
"You must not only discard the Shastras, you must deny their authority, as did Buddha and Nanak.
You must have courage to tell the Hindus that what is wrong with them is their religion — the religion which has produced in them this notion of the sacredness of Caste.
Will you show that courage?"
— Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
On December 25, 1927, Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, affectionately called Babasaheb, organizes a collective burning of the heinous Manusmriti, an early text of the Indian subcontinent that codifies slavery and apartheid for most of its people.
Sheeva Yamuna writes how Brahminical patriarchy affects her and why we must all commemorate this day of burning the text.
"Manusmriti is an ancient text of caste that governs society. It's also a text whose techniques of oppression and punishment get updated constantly. In that sense, it is never dead, it's eternal, Sanatana, a living text. How else to explain entrance exams for everything?"
— Meena Kandasamy on twitter
"Manusmriti holds a canonical place in the two millennia history of Brahmanic texts and, therefore, even though this lawbook embarrasses the proponents of Brahmanic Hinduism, such as Gandhi, they find it hard to openly disavow it."
A resounding Jai Bhim to everyone on Manusmriti Dahan Din (Manusmriti Burning Day)! Power to everyone fighting Brahminical patriarchy!
Listen to the Jai Bhim anthem by the Casteless Collective featuring Arivu. Turn on subtitles for English.
"Dr. Ambedkar considered Manusmriti as the basic code of Brahminism. This book declares Brahmins as superior by birth and backward, Dalits and women as inferior on the basis of birth. The only duty of backward-Dalits and women is to serve Brahmins and men."
"... the idea that Jesus was a socialist is obviously somewhat anachronistic. Socialism as a formal economic system did not originate until long after Jesus walked the earth. But as I will demonstrate, Jesus taught (and the early church modeled) principles very much in line with socialist thinking."
"There is no code of laws more infamous regarding social rights than the Laws of Manu.
Any instance from anywhere of social injustice must pale before it. Why have the masses of people tolerated the social evils to which they have been subjected? There have been social revolutions in other countries of the world. Why have there not been social revolutions in India is a question which has incessantly troubled me.
There is only one answer and it is that the lower classes of Hindus have been completely disabled for direct action on account of this wretched system of Chaturvarnya."
— Dr BR Ambedkar, The Annihilation of Caste, 1936
"...the Hindus must consider whether the time has not come for them to recognize that there is nothing fixed, nothing eternal, nothing sanatan; that everything is changing, that change is the law of life for individuals as well as for society.
In a changing society, there must be a constant revolution of old values and the Hindus must realize that if there must be standards to measure the acts of men there must also be a readiness to revise those standards."
— Dr BR Ambedkar, The Annihilation of Caste, 1936
"My people see land ownership as being totally different to the English. We lived on the land as people of the land. To us it was a natural way of being, being part of all that there is.
You didn't see anything as different from you. If you're alive, you connect to everything else that's alive. You can never feel lonely in that situation. All around you are family members from the ground up; the trees around you, the clouds, birds flying by, the animals and reptiles.
That's the beauty of oneness, it doesn't push anyone out, but it brings everybody in. It stretches from horizon to horizon where the clouds are your ceiling at daytime and the stars at night.
But that 'oneness' has been shrunk down to the 'mineness' of this little box, 'my house', 'my car'. So small in comparison. You're part of the oneness and you can feel that. You feel good when you're in that space."
— "Uncle" Bob Randall, Aboriginal Australian elder
The "police" appears as an administration heading the state, together with the judiciary, the army, and the exchecquer. True. Yet in fact, it embraces everything else.
Turquet says so: "It branches out into all of the people’s conditions, everything they do or undertake. Its ﬁeld comprises justice, ﬁnance, and the army."
The police includes everything. But from an extremely particular point of view. Men and things are envisioned as to their relationships: men’s coexistence on a territory; their relationships as to property; what they produce; what is exchanged on the market. It also considers how they live, the diseases and accidents which can befall them. What the police sees to is a live, active, productive man.
Turquet employs a remarkable expression: "The police’s true object is man."
– Michel Foucault, Omnes et Singulatim: Towards a Criticism of Political Reason
'When we talk about anarcha feminism, a common question that pops up is – “Why is this relevant if anarchists and feminists already oppose sexism?”
History tells us that being an anarchist doesn’t make one automatically non-sexist; similarly, being a feminist doesn’t necessarily make one opposed to other forms of dominance and violence. This is why anarcha feminism becomes important.
Anarchists must also oppose sexism, patriarchy, casteism, racism, along with authority, hierarchy and all forms of oppression.'
— Sanya Sethi